Newspersons are making news more these days than writing and commenting on news. When hacks get into the business of making the news; when the purveyors of news become news themselves; rest assured there is something terribly wrong with the ?business? of news. For sometime even the newsmakers ? both the genuine and page 3 varieties ? find them relegated to the background as the news hacks hog the limelight. It is for these compelling reasons that the temptation to write about news hacks and news barons becomes irresistible.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, there was a current affairs how in Russia, called Naked Truth, which featured a semi-nude newsreader who undressed before the camera, interviews conducted by barely clad journalists, and a striptease artist who forecast the weather.
The programme, rather than inviting censure, had a cult viewing. As far as one knows, there has been no public outcry by women?s groups or concerned citizens against this programme, telecast by a Moscow television channel. Its defenders abound, choosing to see it as a satire on Russian leaders and journalists.